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An Athletic Mouthguard to Protect Your Smile

It's more important than ever to stay active and get moving in our society. Even if you are a healthy weight, exercise can help you live longer and be happier. However, there is a risk for many sports and activities: injuries and accidents can happen at almost any time. That's why it's important to use athletic mouthguards from your trusted Jeffersonville, IN dentist at Kirchner Dental. Dr. Kirchner received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from University of Indiana and has a lot of training and awards in his dental history.

You Need an Athletic Mouthguard

People playing football need helmets and shoulder pads. Soccer players need shin guards. Volleyball players wear knee pads. That's because sports can be risky. Injuries are more likely during sports than other activities. You need padding and protection to avoid injury. That's why you need an athletic mouthguard. Just like a helmet protects your skull, a mouthguard protects your teeth and gums.

Athletic Mouthguards for Most Sports

Jeffersonville, IN boy in football uniform wearing an athletic mouth guard from his dentist.As a rule, anyone playing in a contact sport like football should wear athletic mouthguards during games. Many schools and leagues will tell you if a mouthguard is required, recommended, or optional. Because injuries can happen in almost any sport, you could wear one if you play basketball or volleyball. The same is true if you ride bikes, horses, or use ATVs, since you could easily fall off.

A Custom Mouthguard Is Comfortable

Store-bought athletic mouthguards have two problems. One, they can be uncomfortable for some people. That's because they are one-size-fits-all, which really means they don't fit most people. Two, that means they don't protect your mouth as well as they could. Lacking a proper fit can lead to the mouthguard moving around. At Kirchner Dental in Jeffersonville, IN, you can get customized athletic mouthguards with the help of Dr. Kirchner himself. Because it's made to fit your mouth in particular, it will be more comfortable and do a better job of protecting your teeth.

Keep Your Athletic Mouthguard Clean

A customized mouthpiece can last for a long time, but you will need to take care of it. To keep it clean, brush using a toothbrush and only water after every time you use it. You should occasionally clean it with soap and water. Make sure you use only cold or warm water, as hot water can warp it. When done, let your athletic mouthguard completely air dry before putting it away. If you keep your athletic mouthguard in a container, make sure you clean that from time to time as well.

Wearing athletic mouthguards is about risk management. You won't have injuries every time you ride a bike or shoot some hoops, but with the potential for serious, painful damage to your teeth, including losing them; a mouthguard just makes sense. And with custom athletic mouthguards, you'll feel comfortable wearing them as well. Call your trusted Jeffersonville, IN dentists, Dr. Kirchner of (812) 913-6093 today at (812) 913-6093 for your next appointment.

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